In this uncertain world, one thing we can be sure of is that adolescent snacking is contributing to the obesity epidemic. Right? Well, er, no. Actually, young snackers (you know who you are) are likely to be less obese.
According to a literature review from 2000 to 2011 by Nicole Larson and Mary Story at the University of Minnesota, “Although snacks can contribute to intake of key nutrients, frequent snacking has been associated with higher intake of total energy and energy from added and total sugars. Assessments in schools and retail stores have further indicated that energy-dense, nutrient-poor snacks are widely available in settings where youth spend their time. The majority of studies either found no evidence of a relationship between snacking behavior and weight status or found evidence indicating that young people who consumed more snacks were less likely to be obese; however, additional research is needed to address various methodological limitations.”
Picture: Selena Gomez snacking. Source: teennowmagazine.uk